Interview with Jessica Puyo, March 28, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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Jessica Puyo served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samoa, from September 2018 to March 2020, in the Education Program. Puyo’s preference was for a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was selected for Mozambique, but the program was suspended before she began training. She was then invited to serve in Samoa. Language, culture, and teacher training was conducted on the island of Upolu, in Utulaelae village. Her assignment was on the island of Savai’i, in Salelavalu village. In both locations she was placed with a host family. Puyo taught English to students who struggled with language, improved the school library, and conducted computer literacy training for teachers. She organized a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Conference, and started a GLOW club in her village that met weekly. In March 2020, volunteers were evacuated due to COVID-19. The interview discusses motivation for volunteering, training, work, relationships with host families, students, and community members, and evacuation.

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2021oh0246_pcev0059

Interviewee Name

Jessica Puyo

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-03-28

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Puyo, Jessica Interview by Julius Sztuk. 28 Mar. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Puyo, J. (2021, March 28). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Puyo, Jessica, interview by Julius Sztuk. March 28, 2021, Peace Corps: Covid-19 Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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